(BALTIMORE, MD, 3/27/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked all those who helped make its 5th annual Maryland Muslim Youth Leadership Symposium (MYLS) a success.
The Maryland Governor’s Office issued a congratulatory citation to CAIR to mark the occasion.
The maximum capacity event, themed “From Powerlessness to Protest: Youth Activism for Social Change,” was held in the Maryland House of Delegates in the state capital, and was designed to explore the impact of youth activism in social movements historically and today.
“Our young people are at the forefront of challenging Islamophobia nationwide,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry. “In this toxic political climate, we have an obligation to center and uplift their voices. Empowering them to be our future leaders is a direct investment in building stronger, more resilient communities.”
The program featured speakers who addressed challenges in youth activism, mental health and wellness and the importance of acknowledging the legacy and contributions of indigenous and African-American communities who have paved the way for newer generations, among other topics.
It included skill-building exercises and tours of the Governor’s House and state buildings, during which students sat in on a live legislative session. Participants also had the opportunity to network with, and seek advice from, nearly two dozen state lawmakers who stopped by or spoke at the event.
CAIR thanked the Diyanet Center of America, IMAAM Center, Helping Hand for Relief and Development, United Muslim Relief, Islamic Center of Maryland, Muslim Community Center, Islamic Society of the Washington Area, and Islamic Relief USA for sponsoring the symposium.
All past Maryland MYLS events have sold-out. The Washington-based civil rights organization has been organizing Muslim youth leadership programs in states across the country for more than a decade. Participants have gone on to become respected community leaders, public servants, activists, community organizers, and youth leaders.
MYLS is designed to encourage civic and political engagement by American Muslim youth, empower them to guide their communities from the margins to the mainstream of society and to provide resources to foster a well-integrated American Muslim identity that flourishes in a pluralistic America.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-971-6062